“Israel, Zionism, the Changing Middle East and US”
Featuring Dr. Robert Freedman, John’s Hopkins University
Friday Evening, April 28
Kabbalat Shabbat Services: 6:00 pm
Community Shabbat Dinner: 7:00 pm. Deadline to RSVP to the Sinai office and receive the early-bird discount is Tuesday, April 25 at noon. $20 adults and youths (ages 13+); $5 children (ages 5-12); free for tots (under 5 years); $54 maximum per family. Reservations for dinner fill up quickly. Sinai-SJ.org/sir-dinner-2017
Presentation by Professor Robert Freedman, “The Rise of Zionism:” 8:00 pm in the Sanctuary. FREE, NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. All are welcome.
This presentation will analyze the rise of Zionism from the theories of Rabbi Alkelai and Kalisher, through the Nationalist Zionism of Moses Hess, to the calls by Russian Zionists for a safe haven for their persecuted brethren. It will then examine how Theodore Herzl’s skilled diplomacy laid the base for Zionism’s rise as a factor in international diplomacy. The presentation will conclude with a comparison of the Israel of 2017 with the dreams of the founders of Zionism.
Dessert Reception: following the lecture. Free.
Dr. Robert O. Freedman is Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor of Political Science Emeritus and former President of Baltimore Hebrew University. He is currently Visiting Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches courses on the Arab-Israeli Conflict and on Russian Foreign Policy. He is the author or editor of 21 books, most recently RUSSIA, IRAN AND THE NUCLEAR QUESTION and ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES: SIX DECADES OF RELATIONS. His most recent articles include “The Erosion of US-Israeli Relations in Obama’s Second Term” in ISRAEL AFFAIRS; “Pushing on an Open Door: Russian Policy in the Middle East 2015-2016”, in the MARINE CORPS MIDDLE EAST STUDIES series and “Can the Conflict over the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif be Solved?” in the ISRAEL STUDIES FORUM.